We had a great crowd at the BK Lounge Tuesday evening in spite of the terribly hot weather.

As usual the Stranger Creek Band and lead singer, Larry Dean opened the evenings festivities.  It is so good to have Garry Bichelmeyer back singing his favorite creation, “Northern Star”.  He seems to be recovering very well from his serious injuries from a few months ago.

Our singing bass player Mary Bichelmeyer, lead guitar player Gordon Riley and the great fiddle player, Marvin Bredemeier all added their talents to the wonderful country music in the first half of the show.

Ron Fine was summoned to the microphone with his magnificent Tenor voice; he is a great talent and we are lucky to have him as a friend.  Larry Dean closed the first half with Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues”.

He returned to open the second half with Chuck Berry’s “Roll Over Beethoven” and Garry answered a request by singing another of his songs, “Tonganoxie”.

Our amazing guest, Danny Contreras was called on next.  The former friend and employee of the late, great Freddie Fender performed several songs by, Marty Robbins, George Strait, Elvis, Johnny Rodriguez, Freddie Hart, Richie Valens  and of course, Freddie Fender.  He is a great talent and we are always glad to see him.

The all-button accordion player, Jerome Oberle just returned from Minnesota where he and wife Colleen enjoyed the Molly Bee polka show.  As always, he did a very good job playing for us.

Larry Dean then closed the show with George Jones’ “Mama’s Family Bible”.


Our  Maggie Marx was the winner last night of the second prize in the KC Superstar contest.  The American Idol style competition was for all greater Kansas City area high school students and the second prize was a $2500 college scholarship!  Her boyfriend, Houston St John was also scheduled for the finals but suffered an appendix attack and was undergoing surgery at the time of the show.  We will look for Houston back again next year.  I would imagine that Maggie will also be back next year going after that first place prize of a $7500 scholarship.  Good Luck to both Maggie and Houston.


We had a near capacity crowd at the BK Lounge Tuesday night.  We also had a show full of great special guests to entertain us.  After the Stranger Creek Band had kicked the show off with the usual Gordon Riley authored, “Gordon’s Boogie #1″ the music was underway.

Soon, we were honored to have some very special guests at the microphones.  First in line was the fantastic young singer, Maggie Marx.  This 16-year old is always a great treat to listen to.  After a couple of songs she was joined by her 13-year old sister, Allie.  This duo is very good and Allie is proving herself to be a great up and coming singer.

Next up was the fabulous Melissa Petropoulis; she is a popular singer with an amazing voice.  We did not get to see her daughter, 11-year old Sara could not make it because she had school homework to complete but we hope to see her soon.

The second half saw regular guest, Jerome Oberle and his all-button accordion come front and center.  Just returned from Minnesota where they attended the Molly Bee polka show, he showed us a wealth of talent with that accordion.  What a wonderful sound he makes with it.

Then we had a crowd favorite, Ron Fine.  When Ron brings that powerful tenor voice to the microphone every one sits up and listens.  He is a great gospel and country singer.

Melissa returned to sing 3 or 4 songs before she had to leave to pick up daughter, Mary at school.

Maggie came back and sang some songs, before she called boyfriend, Houston St John up to sing “Heartbreak Hotel”, he is another fine talent.  Maggie and Houston will be competing against each other this Sunday evening in the big KCSuperstar competition.  They will be among the 10 finalists vying for the $7500 college scholarship for first prize.  Nearly 400 students from all over the greater Kansas Area began this competition last spring and it is now down to 10 finalists.  Way to go Maggie and Houston! We will be cheering for you both.

Melissa and Maggie will be joined by the great Duke Mason on our Desoto Opry benefit for the Desoto Methodist Church on Saturday, October 19.  This is going to be a great show and you should be sure to come see it.


The Thursday, August 15 show at the Grinter Barn was Rock & Roll.  The Stranger Creek Band was complete again as our resident song writer, Garry Bichelmeyer returned from his 10 week absence.  In case you did not know, Garry was seriously injured when thrown from a horse while working cattle on the family ranch.  Still walking with the aid of crutches, he was able to perform the entire show.  Singing several requests including his ever popular “Northern Star” he was if fine form.

I did not get to keep a play list on the songs the band performed but the dancers and listeners seemed to really enjoy the 50′s and 60′s Rock & Roll music.  The Grinter Ladies had prepared some great Nu-Way sandwiches and Root Beer floats like they enjoyed at the drive-in during the 1950′s and 60′s.

The fans appeared to really enjoy the festivities.  We will return to the Grinter Barn Jamboree on Thursday, September 19 with some good country music.  Please mark your calendars and plan to join us.

We will see you back at the BK Lounge this Tuesday and every Tuesday at 6:30 PM.  There is no admission charge for this show.


Garry BichelmeyerWe had some great news to open tonight’s show.  Garry Bichelmeyer’s (above) x-rays today showed enough improvement that he was able to throw away the wheel chair and walk after 10 long weeks.  GREAT News, Garry!

The Stranger Creek Band once again kicked off the show with Gordon Riley’s theme song, “Gordon’s Boogie #2″.  Lead singer, Larry Dean quickly took the microphone with Merle Haggard’s “A Bar In Bakersfield” and a line dance titled, “Baby, Write This Down”.  Fiddle player, “Marvelous” Marvin Bredemeier followed with the beautiful “Missouri Waltz”.  Our fabulous lead guitar player, Gordon Riley stepped up  next with two vocals titled, “Bad News” and “Big Boss Man”.

maggie3                                                                         We had a special treat tonight, it has been much too long since we had this pleasure.  Sixteen year old singing sensation, Maggie Marx (pictured above) came by to entertain us.  She did a fine job of it by singing, “Faded Love”, “Rockin’ With The Rhythm Of The Rain” and the old Elvis Presley hit, “Don’t be Cruel”.  What a talent!

Bud Marley                                                               We also had the pleasure of another old friend coming in to entertain us tonight, Arnie Johnson (above) came to the stage to sing ”The Wild Side of Life” and Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues”.  It is always great to have Arnie on our stage.

Jerome Oberle

Another great guest is a magnificent singer.  Ron Fine (above) came to the microphone and sang, “Storms Never Last” and closed the first half with “A Fool Such As I”.  It is always a special treat to have Ron on our stage.

Larry Dean opened the second half with “Who’s Sorry Now” before Marvin stepped front and center with vocal version of Merle Travis’ “Sweet temptation”.

Maggie was called on again and came up with, “Me and Bobby McGee” followed by Martina McBride’s “Broken Wing” and the old favorite, “Cowboy’s Sweetheart” and Wynona’s “Grandpa”.

Gordon and Marvin followed with “South” before our singing bass player stepped front and center with Kitty Wells’ “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels”.

We were treated then to a duet with Larry singing “Jesus Hold My Hand” and Ron Fine singing the Reprise on it.  Great Job guys!  Ron stayed to sing  a favorite of mine titled, “Build Me A Cabin”.  Gordon returned with the Bill Justus hit, “Honky Tonk”.

Larry Dean returned with two of the late, great George Jones’ songs to close the show.  First was “Ain’t Love A Lot Like That” land second, “Mama’s Family Bible”.

The band closed the show then with the closing theme, “Gordon’s Boogie #2″.


at the American Legion Post located at 7500 West 75th Street on Saturday night.  We had a fair size crowd turn out for this dance.  As usual, the Stranger Creek Band kicked the evening off with the popular instrumental theme written by our lead guitar player, Gordon Riley and named, “Gordon’s Boogie #1″.   When that was finished, lead singer Larry Dean jumped right in with Merle Haggard’s “The Fugitive” followed with “I’m A Member Of A Country Club” and finishing with the Asleep At The Wheel hit, “Miles and Miles of Texas”.  Our singing bass player, Mary Bichelmeyer stepped up.  First she gave a report on husband Garry; He had his stitches and drain tube removed this past week and goes in for x-rays on Tuesday.  If they look like they are expected to, he will be able to throw the wheel chair away and get back on his feet.  After the report, she proceeded to sing the Hank Williams hit, “Your Cheatin’ Heart”.

Gordon was up next with a popular old Bill Justis hit titled, “Honky Tonk” before Larry returned with Vince Gill’s  “Look At Us”.

Danny Contreras

We had a big surprise then; our old friend, Danny Contreras (above) came in.  We had not seen him since last February and he was certainly a welcome sight.  Larry called him to the microphone and he began with a medley of six Elvis Presley hits and continued with Freddie Fender’s “Til The Last Teardrop Falls” and Billy Walker’s “Charlie’s Shoes”.

Gordon returned a with vocal rendition of Hank Thompson’s “Six Pack To Go” before fiddle player “Marvelous” Marvin Bredemeier played a rousing “Down Yonder” followed  with the beautiful “Waltz You Saved For Me”.  Larry returned to close the set with, “I Had A Beautiful Time” recorded by the great Merle Haggard.

Larry would open the second half with Chuck Berry’s “Memphis” before Marvin returned with, “Lara’s Theme” from Dr. Zhivago.

Larry came back to sing Alan Jackson’s “Designated Drinker” and George Strait’s “Murder on Music Row”.  Gordon followed to center stage to sing Wynn Stewart’s “Another day, Another Dollar”.  Mary came up next with Barbara Fairchild’s hit, “I Wish I Was A Teddy Bear”.  Marvin returned with The Mills Brothers’  ”Up the  Lazy River”.

Danny was called back to sing some Marty Robbins’ hits,  ”A White Sport Coat”, Singin’ The Blues” and “Legend of El Paso” before we took another break.

Danny returned to open the third set with Freddie Hart’s “My Hang Up Is You”, Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba” and Freddie Fender’s “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights”.  He continued with Johnny Rodriguez’ “Riding My Thumb To Mexico” and finished with the Drifters’ “This Magic Moment”.

Larry Dean followed with Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode”,  Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” and “Neon Moon” recorded by Brooks & Dunn.  Marvin took the microphone to sing Keith Whitley’s “I Wonder Where You are Tonight”.  Mary returned with Jeanne Pruett’s “Satin Sheets” before Larry stepped up to close the set with “Better Off With The Blues” by Delbert McClinton.

Danny returned to open the fourth set singing Marty Robbins’ “Don’t Worry About Me”, Engelbert Humperdink’s “Please Release Me”, George Jones’ “She Thinks I Still Care” and Charlie Walker’s “Pick Me Up On Your Way Down”.

Mary came back with Wynona’s “Grandpa”.

The band closed the show with the Gordon Riley authored closing theme, “Gordon’s Boogie #2″

We hope to see everyone back here at 2:00 to 6:00 PM on Labor Day for a special daytime dance.


coming in Tuesday evening.  But, by show time the place was almost filled.

Mary Bichelmeyer had some good news about Garry, she had taken him to the hospital that afternoon.  They removed his stitches and the drain tube.  He goes back for x-rays next week and if he is healed, he will be able to get back on his feet.  Way to go Garry!

As usual, the Stranger creek band kicked off the evening with the familiar Gordon Riley authored theme song titled, “Gordon’s Boogie #1″.  Lead singer Larry Dean followed quickly with Merle Haggard’s “The Fugitive” and the popular Fats Domino hit, “Ain’t That A Shame”.  “Marvelous” Marvin Bredemeier stepped up to play a waltz called, “Laura’s Theme” and followed it with “The Beaumont Rag”.

Our singing bass player, Mary Bichelmeyer came to the microphone next with Hank Williams’ “Take These Chains From My Heart” and Kathy Mattea’s hit, “Walk The Way The Wind Blows”.  Gordon moved front and center then to sing Stonewall Jackson’s “Washed my Hands In Muddy Waters” followed with an instrumental version of Bill Justis’ “Honky Tonk”.

Jerome Oberle was summoned to bring his all-button accordion to the microphone next to play, “Just Because”, Springtime In  The Rockies” and closed the first half with “Slowpoke”.

Marvin woke the people up to open the second half by fiddling “Draggin’ The Bow”.  Larry Dean returned to sing Randy Travis’ hit, “Storms of Life” and ”Burning Memories” recorded by Ray Price and Mel Tillis.  Marvin returned to play the popular, “Rubber Dolly”  followed by Gordon singing, “Holding Things Together”.

Our fabulous guest with the big baritone voice, Ron Fine was called on next to come center stage.  He did a great job singing, “I Can’t Stop Loving You”, “It Is No Secret” and “Crazy”.  As usual, Great Job Ron!

Larry returned again with one for the line dancers, “Every Time I Roll The Dice” and Jack Greene’s huge hit, “Statue of a Fool”.  Gordon and Jerome teamed up on a rousing instrumental “Under The Double Eagle” followed by Jerome playing, “City Lights”, way to go Jerome.  Mary returned to sing,”Sentimental Old You”.

Larry returned again to close the show with, “Hiway 40 Blues” and Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode” for our girl, Skyler.

We hope you all join us Saturday night at the American Legion located at 7500 W 75th St in Overland Park KS.  Admission is only $5.00 and you bring your own snacks.

Also, don’t forget our Rock & Roll show at the Grinter Barn Jamboree Thursday, August 15.

Stay Safe and Healthy until we meet again!